Becca Ries has been drawing a bow since she was five years old—which was probably about the time she decided she wanted to become a police officer. It turns out the two aren’t completely unrelated.
At the 2013 World Police & Fire Games, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Officer Ries—then only two years with the Greeley Police Department—demonstrated exactly how. A biennial competition for serving and retired police, fire, prison, and border security officers, the games drew 7,000 competitors from 67 countries last year, making it the third largest international multi-sport event in the world. Almost on a whim, both Becca and her husband Lane, a Denver firefighter, arrived in Belfast to compete in archery. Becca entered two events. She won two gold medals.
“Anything you want to do, you can do in Greeley.”
“Anything you want to do,” says Becca, “you can do in Greeley.” While it’s a sentiment that’s led to acclaim on the international stage, for Becca, it’s more about the defining characteristics that keep the city close to her heart: friendliness, humility, and the opportunity to serve. “I wake up every morning with one job to do,” she says. “Protect my community.”